Organic food: strictly controlled and healthy, but more expensive

for the Children only the best - because many parents think so, it is clear that at some point the question arises: Shall we switch to organic food? But what do you have to pay attention to when buying, what exactly does ""organic"" mean - and are the usually higher prices for organic food justified?

Organic food is in demand in Germany, which is why consumers now find a large number of organic shops on the spot and there is also a considerable range of organic products in the supermarkets and discounters. According to the ""Ökobarometer 2016"", the representative survey of the population commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, more than two-thirds of the respondents said they buy organic products, 21 percent of the population frequently or only buy organic products and 46 Percent buy them occasionally. Of course, the producers of baby porridge and follow-on milk responded to it and were among the first to put their products on the organic label value.

When can a product be called ""organic""?

What exactly is behind this seal? The terms ""organic"" and ""organic"", ""organic"" and ""organic"" are legally protected by the EC Organic Regulation. Not only organic farmers, but also all processing companies are strictly controlled by state approved bodies for compliance with the EC Organic Regulation. Of course, even imported organic food must comply with the strict requirements.

What to look for : Organic products must always be marked with the code number of the responsible organic inspection body (eg DE-00X-Öko-Kontrollstelle). In addition, manufacturers can label their products with the state-owned organic label, the EU logo and / or the trademark of organic farming associations such as demeter, Bioland, Naturland or Biopark.

A product may be organic if the following applies to cultivation and production:

  • no use of synthetic chemical pesticides; instead cultivating less susceptible varieties in suitable crop rotations, using beneficial organisms and mechanical weed control
  • no use of slightly soluble mineral fertilizers, spreading organic nitrogen mainly in the form of manure, green manure by nitrogen collecting plants and using slow acting natural fertilizers
  • Animal welfare, d. H. For example, sufficient run-off area, no caging for poultry, no full slatted floors in cattle, sheep and pig farming, sufficient stable comfort, feeding with organic feed, no feed from third countries.
  • Antibiotics should not be given preventively but only in an emergency; after the treatment, the double legal waiting period must be observed in order to prevent residues of antibiotics in the end product.
  • limited stock of livestock strictly tied to the area
  • feeding of the animals, if possible with farm-own feed, little purchase of feed
  • no use of genetically modified organisms
  • no use of chemical-synthetic growth regulators

For the processing of bio-production, this also means:

  • limitation of admissible additives to only 10% of those otherwise permitted in the food industry permitted additives
  • no flavor enhancers and artificial flavors
  • no artificial colors and sweeteners
  • predominantly nutrient and quality-preserving processing
  • time-consuming checks and analyzes

With so many editions, it is understandable that the Piece of organic meat is a bit more expensive. After all, it is of a higher quality than a product in factory farming. Of course, higher production costs and lower yields have an effect on the final price. Also driving prices are the relatively small traded and transported quantities on the market. However, this may change in the future, thanks to the increased demand for organic products recently. (BMELV)

Where is organic for babies and what does it cost?

In the shops, not only the organic range of starter and follow-on milk, spelled or oatmeal porridge for babies is great, but also the price differences. These can be up to twice as large for organic milk, organic millet or organic spelled porridge, with parents shopping the most expensive in organic supermarkets. Cheaper is the purchase in drugstores, discounters and conventional supermarkets with a bio-department. This, of course, is also related to the different strict bio-seals.

Generally worth a price comparison: For example, an instant oatmeal (Hipp) costs in a drugstore 3, 45 euros for 500 g and in a health food store (Holle) 3, 15 euros for 250 g - almost twice as expensive. The difference is the seal - the Hipp porridge complies with EU minimum standards, while the Holle porridge bears the demeter seal.

The price difference is even clearer for the organic carrots and vegetable porridge: in the drugstore, it is already available for 28 cents for 100 g (babydream), in the health food store you pay instead 52 cents for 100 g (Holle). So, if you want to buy cheap organic food and meet minimum organic standards (or do not give up your wallet), you should visit a drugstore or discount store near you and order organic baby food on the shelf search.

These manufacturers offer organic products

There is hardly a manufacturer of infant or toddler food who has no organic products on offer!Most even offer only such products exclusively. In addition to well-known manufacturers such as Hipp, Alete, Milupa, Nestlé, Alnatura or special organic producers such as Demeter and Bioland, there are also countless products with not so well-known names such. BabyTime and Babydream, of course, have the same quality and biogarantie as their competitors.

After all, it may just be a matter of taste, after all, the recipes of the individual jars are very different and only the price is sometimes not crucial. After all, what good is a good product if it simply does not want to taste it's offspring. It only helps to try out!

Self-cooking with organic products

If you would like to prepare the porridge for your own child, you can naturally do so with organic products. Self-cooking also saves money, because convenience food is usually more expensive than with staple foods to prepare the porridge.

Here, too, there are very large price differences - depending on where the groceries are bought. Organic food is available at health food stores, at (eco) weekly markets, in farm shops, health food stores, drugstores, in conventional supermarkets and organic supermarkets. There are also differences in the individual products. Organic meat is very expensive and does not have to be used in porridge every day. Instead, it is sometimes vegetarian with millet or oatmeal. Nutrients in organic quality have a lower price difference to conventional foods.

Also choose seasonal fruits and vegetables. Especially these products are in the season similar cheap as the conventional goods. Seasonal vegetables and fruits are still ripe and harvested, tastes better and therefore has more nutrients.

Maybe one or the other would like to try a ""green box"". By subscription order you get then regularly a box of fresh vegetables of the season - of course, in the best organic quality - right on your doorstep. Further information can be found here or here.

Important for own preparation of Babybrei & Co. is z. However, to know that spinach, chard and beetroot may have high nitrate levels; As a precaution, you should prefer the ready-made porridge for infants in these vegetables, as the nitrate content is very low here. Of course, there are also oils in organic quality. They are particularly nutrient-friendly pressed and treated without chemical solvents.

Some products are advertised with the property ""regional"". You should know that regional origin is positive, because the short distances protect the environment, but do not say anything about bio-criteria.

Helpful Links

  • Consumer Protection, Nutrition, Agriculture e. V.
  • German Society for Nutrition e. V.
  • organic farming. de (Special ""Organic for Beginners"" & ""What should my baby eat?"")
  • Forschungsinstitut für Kinderernährung Dortmund
  • Bio-Siegel - Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

Sources

BMLEV. Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture

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